The Kingdom of Heaven is like… Part Six

Matthew 13:47-50 (ESV)
47  “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48  When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad.
49  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50  and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Jesus is honest about how messy the kingdom is right now.  There have always been hucksters, fakers, deceivers,  and the greedy mixed in the compassionate Jesus like peace makers.  Be at ease in the mess.  God will make sure it all gets sorted out.

There will be judgement but God does NOT put his leaders in charge of trying to carry it out.  Don’t let your leadership be defined by judging everyone’s motives, words and actions.  You can’t see the heart and your listening and vision are limited and polluted with your own issues.  Just lead with your eyes on the King.  He has already delegated judgement to the angels!  If you are in an ungodly leadership situation — follow God’s word and be responsible for YOUR choices.  Be a good steward of YOUR life but trust God to clean up the stinky mess.

 

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